Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Transparent Tuesday


Today's transparent topic: Frugal Decorating

In light of being completely transparent, I have to admit that my house isn't really decorated the way I'd like it to be and the reason for this...I'm too cheap to buy what I really want!

Honestly, I can't remember the last time I paid full price for anything. When I walk into a store, it's like I'm a magnet to the clearance section. I buy what I'm drawn to then figure out a way to make it work. My friend recently told me I should have called my blog, "Make it work," instead of "Make Them Wonder." She claims this is my motto! I hadn't realized how often that phrase escapes my lips until she called it to my attention.

Sometimes, this way of doing things is fun because it's a challenge and pushes my creativity, but other times it leaves me wishing I weren't such a penny-pincher and didn't have guilt attached to buying nice things.

Okay, so where is this headed? Well, since I'm no stranger to the clearance section, I found myself there yesterday while at Lowe's and found a steal that must be passed on!

This exact same mirror....


For only $38.00 (or $39 if you want to get technical)...


It's not the sturdiest of mirrors, but not once has anyone ever noticed this is a plastic knock-off of the expensive original wood version. Well, maybe they have but they've been kind enough not to call it to my attention, who knows?!

Black not the color you're looking for? That's okay, grab a can of spray paint while you're in the store and make it whatever color you'd like. I've seen it in all different colors...white, gold, navy, etc. What a super easy DIY project and an incredible price at that!

5 comments:

Sonya Sosa said...

Are you sure we don't come from the same blood. Lol. Call me Mrs. Cheapo! My hubs is the one that saves me from making too many "frugal" buys. His famous words, "just get it!", when price scares me. Love that mirror btw.

charmaine said...

Great find! Might have to check this out. And yes, I'm a bargain hunter as well.

pam {simple details} said...

That mirror is fabulous, I'd never know it was plastic! You're making me want to race to the clearance section as soon as I get out of my pjs! :)

Elise@growcreative said...

Nice deal! I'm liking that mirror you got! And I have to say I am in the same boat with having to buy the cheap stuff. We just moved into our first home and money for decorating is just money we don't have right now. So, I find myself trying to make stuff with things I already have and sometimes it works out. Then, sometimes I wish I just had the money to go buy the real thing. But, you do what you can, right?

Sarah @ Simply Sarah Style said...

Oh Dana, I loved reading this post. I can totally relate. I love to decorate/design, but my house isn't every thing I want it to be, because of budgeting constraints. I feel guilty sending money on decor when I should be putting every free penny towards my upcoming wedding. Thanks for sharing this "transparent" post. It brought a smile to my face to hear I'm not the only one who feels this way. :)

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